Man accused of Pitsen hoax held without bond.

UPDATE (WKOW) — Federal authorities say that Brian Rini has been charged with making false statements to federal agents in claiming that he was missing Aurora child Timmothy Pitzen.

Rini is being held without bond following a federal court appearance Friday morning.

Authorities say the quickly became skeptical Wednesday that Rini was the missing 14-year-old as he had claimed.

By Thursday, DNA analysis ruled out Pitzen, and further investigation determined the man was Rini.

Rini later told agents he learned about the case by watching the TV news magazine 20/20 on ABC, when a rerun of the case ran several weeks ago.


HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKOW) — Records show Brian Michael Rini was booked into the Hamilton County jail Thursday around 10:15 p.m.

He is on a holder for the FBI.

Rini, 23 from Medina, Ohio, is not currently charged with anything.  He is accused of telling authorities near the Kentucky and Ohio border he was missing Illinois boy, Timmothy Pitzen, and that he had been held by kidnappers for seven years.

Pitzen disappeared in 2011 after his mother picked him up early from school and took him on a trip to Wisconsin Dells.  She was found dead in a Rockford motel room, with a suicide note saying Timmothy was safe but would never be found.

Results of a DNA test Thursday proved Rini was not Pitzen.

Rini has an extensive criminal history, including a guilty plea for passing bad checks.  He was released from prison in March after more than a year for burglary and vandalism.

The Medina police chief said Rini has documented “mental issues.”



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